After serving a suspension for a third DUI arrest, Nebraska wide receiver coach Keith Williams is set to rejoin Nebraska on Thursday. He will not be allowed to coach for the Huskers’ first four contests.
Williams as of Monday, had not yet addressed the team, but had talked with his wide receiver group.
It will likely provide a spark for a group that is considered one of the best in the Big Ten.
“I walked the stretch lines every day and it was really noticeable that first day with the wide receivers,” said head coach Mike Riley when asked how it affected his team. “There was no doubt about it, it was different.”
Riley went on to say they continued to practice “fine.”
It was just one domino in an unusual offseason, which included a season ending injury to starting offensive lineman Jerald Foster and the tragic death of punter Sam Foltz.
“I thought that the focus remained good, and we still had, despite the things that went on, I thought we had good weeks,” said Riley. “I don’t think we ever took any real step backward at any time during our fall camp, which was encouraging. I think we really progressed and got bet.”
Williams will be able to recruit for Nebraska during official weekends, but not during the game.
Taking the press conference podium on Monday, Nebraska senior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp wore a “gorilla mindset” t-shirt, a phrase penned by Williams.
“We all know Coach Williams is super energetic and a great motivator for us, and it’s going to be huge getting him back Thursday,” said Westerkamp. “I’m sure that’s going to jolt our room and probably the whole team as well.”